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MOSCOW, March 25 (Itar-Tass) – Members of the United Russia party are confident that Moscow, the Moscow Region and St. Petersburg will not abandon the direct election of its heads.
“I am convinced that in Moscow and the Moscow Region this model (the law recently passed by the Duma that allows the RF regions to decide on their own the governors’ election procedure) will not be applied,” Secretary of the General Council of United Russia, vice speaker of the State Duma lower house of parliament Sergei Neverov told reporters on Monday.
According to him, St. Petersburg will also not abandon the direct elections.
On March 22, the State Duma passed in the third and final reading the bill giving Russia’s regions the right to determine on their own the gubernatorial election procedure.
According to him, the Russian Federation subjects will be able not to hold direct elections, replacing them with the procedure of election of the head of the region by members of the regional Legislative Assembly, nominated by the Russian president at the suggestion of political parties (only the political forces represented in the State Duma or parliament of the given region are allowed to nominate their candidates).
Experts have repeatedly pointed out that such a model can be potentially applied in regions with complex ethnic and religious composition, for example, in some republics of the North Caucasus.